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Racism and Radicalism in the 1950s
A look at radicalism and racism in America in the 1950's.
# 38857 | 2,150 words | 14 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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This paper examines race, racism and radicalism in the United States in the 1950s. The paper outlines the history of the KKK and other right-wing organizations and also traces the development of a new, young and increasingly radical although non-violent, African-American opposition to segregation. The paper shows how the social conflict of the 1960s did not arise from a vacuum; it arose from powerful changes and organizational trends in the civil rights movement and amongst African-Americans that began in the 1950s.

The Right and Racism: Ku Klux Klan
The Left and Racism: New Organizations and New Tactics

From the Paper:

"The Ku Klux Klan originated in Pulaski, Tennessee in the wake of the Civil War. Its six founding members saw the Klan as a social and fraternal order like the Knights of Columbus or the Moose Lodge according to Patsy Sims. However, by 1871 Congress felt impelled to pass legislation constraining the Klan's actions. By this point it had become involved in lynching, cross burning, and other racist activities. This legislation acted to restrain the Klan's activities and limit its membership until it became almost moribund.
"In 1915 it was revived in Atlanta, ironically in conjunction with the release of the D W Griffith film, "Birth of A Nation." Within a decade its membership was estimated at 5 million. However, according to Klan historian David M Chalmers membership had evaporated to only a few hundred thousand by 1928. Throughout its history its membership has risen and fallen.
"In 1947 the Knights of the KKK was forced to surrender its national charter as a fraternal organization. When the 1950s began the Klan was at a low ebb. However, according to Wyn Craig Wade it is at these times that it becomes most fragmented, and klaverns or individuals tend to engage in their most extreme acts. In the early 1950s "an increasing problem associated with Klan splintering was violence. As in Reconstruction, the more autonomy a Klavern possessed, the more aggressive it became.""

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